So I took the evidence of the purchase, both that which was sealed according to the law and custom, and that which was open:
And I gave the evidence of the purchase unto Baruch the son of Neriah, the son of Maaseiah, in the sight of Hanameel mine uncle's son, and in the presence of the witnesses that subscribed the book of the purchase, before all the Jews that sat in the court of the prison.
Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Take these evidences, this evidence of the purchase, both which is sealed, and this evidence which is open; and put them in an earthen vessel, that they may continue many days.
For thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Houses and fields and vineyards shall be possessed again in this land.
Now when I had delivered the evidence of the purchase unto Baruch the son of Neriah, I prayed unto the LORD, saying,
 

32:11 that which was open. The title document was to be set forth in detail on the inside of the scroll, then sealed, then a briefer summary of the transaction inscribed on the outside. See notes on Revelation 5:1,2; also that on Jeremiah 32:14.

32:12 Baruch the son of Neriah. Baruch, first mentioned here, was a friend and scribe to Jeremiah (Jeremiah 36:4,32).

32:14 evidence of the purchase. By purchasing this field, even when he was in prison and the Babylonian army was occupying the field, and even knowing that the Jews would all be in exile for seventy years, Jeremiah demonstrated his own faith in God’s word, which had promised their eventual return and repossession of the land.

32:14 evidence which is open. The evidence of ownership (title deed) was in the form of a scroll describing the property and the transaction, with the owner’s name and property description written on both the outside of the scroll and, under seal, on the inside as well. The seal could be broken and the property claimed only by the owner whose name was on the outside. Compare Revelation 5:1-10.


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